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Classic Hollywood's greatest stars knew the secrets to being iconic and so can you.
 
 

GHOST STORIES, STARLIGHT, AND GLAMOUR

CHANNEL YOUR INNER MOVIE STAR AS WE JOURNEY THROUGH TIME TO THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD

 
 
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YOUR HOLLYWOOD ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE.

Are you curious about Marilyn Monroe’s favorite shade of lipstick? Rita Hayworth’s favorite perfume? Perhaps you are just a Classic Movie Fan in a modern-day world, and you want to have a little fun.

If that’s you, join me on a journey into the Golden Age of Hollywood. You might find yourself sipping the cocktails featured in the most famous Classic Movies. You will cook Audrey Hepburn’s signature spaghetti pomodoro, douse yourself in Marilyn Monroe’s favorite perfume, and play the games that got comedienne extraordinaire Lucille Ball through a bad day.

This blog is a sort-of “how-to” to exploring the lives of the most iconic actresses in movie history. You ready to get started?

 
 

 THE LEGEND OF MARILYN MONROE’S GRAVE WILL ROMANCE YOU. GRACE KELLY’S FAVORITE POEM WILL HAUNT YOU. ON THIS PAGE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT ICONIC ACTRESSES AND THE THINGS THEY LOVED MOST.

LEARN THEIR SECRETS.

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From Marilyn Monroe’s favorite lipstick to Audrey Hepburn’s unusual pet—the things they loved might surprise you!

As I read the biographies of the most iconic classic film stars, I am always struck by some of the details that come out that completely humanize them to me. Audrey Hepburn’s homemade spaghetti, Marilyn Monroe’s personal reading library, Grace Kelly’s love of knitting.

I wanted to combine those things in one place. So on this page, you will find a curated collection of classic movie actresses favorite things. Each has its own "Classic Hollywood" story. Some are steeped in history, some are made of a bit of legend and fairydust, some are even a bit spooky (after all, who doesn’t like a good ghost story such as this one about Lucille Ball).

So are you ready to begin?

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the latest from the classic hollywood blog:

 

COCKTAILS 101: LEARN HOW TO MAKE THE CLASSIC YOUR FAVORITE CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD STAR LOVED IN 7 DAYS

 
 
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Classic movie history is full of spirits. The cocktail kind.

The Barkeeps at She Wore Stars believe watching your favorite Hitchcock thriller or Cary Grant romance is best experienced when it includes an excellent cocktail—even better if that cocktail has a connection to the Golden Age of Hollywood.

But you probably don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on gathering the many ingredients required, researching the recipe, and so on…

You don't need hours of bartending courses or parsing through online recipes to have the perfect cocktail to pair with your next movie night. Our FREE cocktail plan uses 12 ingredients (you heard that right, just 12 ingredients!) to take you on a guided tour through an era of silent film stars, bathtub gin, and speakeasies. 

Get ready to boost your Classic Movie Cocktail IQ -- effortlessly. 

I’ll have what she’s having. — When Harry Met Sally

COCKTAILS IN MOVIE HISTORY 101: WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Shopping List with 12 Ingredients that you will transform into 7 Classic Movie cocktails (most you probably already have in your kitchen)

  • A Quick Start Guide from The Barkeeps on choosing spirits from the top shelf or the bottom shelf (this challenge is Bourbon & Gin focused... no Vodka or Rum)

  • 7 Recipes & a bit of Classic Movie Cocktail Lore, all delivered right to your Inbox

  • Tips on experimenting with techniques & flavors balance to improve the cocktail to make it perfectly yours, once you have learned the "original" recipe. 

...and by the way it's FREE! 

Are you ready to join our growing community of cocktail enthusiasts?

My NAME IS STEFANIE. I ADORE HOLLYWOOD LORE & LIFESTYLE & STARLIGHT.

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For the Love of Classic Movies (ABOUT ME)

Hi! My name is Stefanie, and I blog about the history of Classic Hollywood. I am not classically trained or college educated in this film. I didn’t receive a degree in history from Harvard. I just love classic movies, the way classic film stars became legends.

Armed with a knowledge of the classic film actresses/songbirds and their life stories, my trusty Android, and Eliza, my pet cat, I’m hunting down star-studded stories both past and present.

Join me as we channel our own inner bombshell?